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When I was a teenager, in high school, I knew a guy, I didn't like much, who had an uncle who was a midget, who killed a guy in self-defense who was taller than him. // ''Everyone I know who's successful and respectable is ignorant, dull and boring. Everyone I know who is creative and interesting and nuanced is only so for two or three years, then they turn to another more typical personality. // ''Circumstances mold and remold. Primal genius is easily remolded by circumstantial, social networkic pressures. It usually isn't overtly conscious, just conscious on the atypical waves of fading genius. // ''Somebody might have a dream. Somebody might have an original idea here and there during conversation.'' /// ''Yeah, but what does that have to do with the case at hand?''
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"just conscious on the atypical waves of fading genius" Big Grin

I'm missing something with the last line, it didn't do anything for me. Nice piece, good to read you, rowens.
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The last line is missing the point of everything else. So if you're missing the point of the last line you're a midget capable of defending yourself against giants, in perspective.
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Big Grin
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"Just conscious on the atypical waves of fading genius" is indeed a fine line that needs no redrawing.
When taken in perspective, giants and midgets are determined only by distance.
This poem, obviously, isn't a case in hand.
Nice to see your intellect again -- your three years seem to be repeating themselves.
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I barely have access to decent computer technology. To the internet. If I mess up typing on this little phone, my whole formatic aesthetic will be mucked up. So I only get one chance. That's my procedure with poetry. You have every chance in the world to write it good until you've written it.

It's like cavedweller poetry. You formulate everything in the cave, and when you step out, you're either going to burst into flame, get cancer, have to have sex with a dinosaur or get to have sex with an alien. . . . I sometimes have sex with flame and cancer beforehand just to make sure I'm ready. Ready and have typed everything right.

I've tried to find ways of writing poetry without sexual implications. Since the opposite sex, or attractive sex, whether you're man/bastard or woman/bitch, gay/fag or lesbian/dike, is always disruptive to the intellectual process. But one thing that doesn't change is that eunuchs never write good poetry they only recite it well.
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(05-25-2017, 05:28 AM)rowens Wrote:  I barely have access to decent computer technology. To the internet. If I mess up typing on this little phone, my whole formatic aesthetic will be mucked up. So I only get one chance. That's my procedure with poetry. You have every chance in the world to write it good until you've written it.

It's like cavedweller poetry. You formulate everything in the cave, and when you step out, you're either going to burst into flame, get cancer, have to have sex with a dinosaur or get to have sex with an alien. . . . I sometimes have sex with flame and cancer beforehand just to make sure I'm ready. Ready and have typed everything right.

I've tried to find ways of writing poetry without sexual implications. Since the opposite sex, or attractive sex, whether you're man/bastard or woman/bitch, gay/fag or lesbian/dike, is always disruptive to the intellectual process. But one thing that doesn't change is that eunuchs never write good poetry they only recite it well.

1. Everything you write is poetry to me... or intellectual metaphor... oh, wait, they're the same.
2. "Decent computer technology" -- that laughing's been done, all the way to the bank         ruptcy court.
3. But those alien vaginas, don't they have tentacles inside? (Not that tentacles are necessarily a bad thing.)
4. I once tried to type something on a phone; it messed up my aesthetic for months, but produced the best poetry
    I'd written in that time as well -- which tells you something about my aesthetic (still trying for more than one).
5. "I sometimes have sex with flame and cancer beforehand just to make sure I'm ready." ... everything you write.
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If I had to write directly to the site on a phone I'd Save as Draft, turn the phone sideways and have a read first. That won't work for everyone because some will end up with a pile of drafts and we'd never get to read them. Also, notepad works for me but I don't format much, I poke it a bit then copy and paste.
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(05-25-2017, 08:33 PM)ellajam Wrote:  If I had to write directly to the site on a phone I'd Save as Draft, turn the phone sideways and have a read first. That won't work for everyone because some will end up with a pile of drafts and we'd never get to read them.  Also, notepad works for me but I don't format much, I poke it a bit then copy and paste.

     When I turn my phone sideways, all the words spill off and a red "TILT" sign appears.
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(05-25-2017, 11:25 PM)rayheinrich Wrote:  
(05-25-2017, 08:33 PM)ellajam Wrote:  If I had to write directly to the site on a phone I'd Save as Draft, turn the phone sideways and have a read first. That won't work for everyone because some will end up with a pile of drafts and we'd never get to read them.  Also, notepad works for me but I don't format much, I poke it a bit then copy and paste.

     When I turn my phone sideways, all the words spill off and a red "TILT" sign appears.
You have to know how to nudge it gently. Smile
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I told my psychoanalyst that I had a dream where I was talking to Albert Einstein and he told me I was the brightest person he ever met. My psychoanalyst said, This Albert, is a friend, or a family member, how do you know him, what is your relationship like?

I have a 15 dollar phone. I write in a little box with roaches and ants in it. When I type, if I had been typing ellajam's message, I'd see where I'd typed, If I had to write direc, and after that I'd have to play by ear, or not even that, I just have to play the guessing game until I press Send. If I type the whole thing and hit Send without hitting Preview or Send to Drafts or whatever what I write will post. If I press Preview or Draft it'll chop the end of my post off. If I make a mistake and go back and Edit Post it will chop the end of my post off. I'm not complaining, I'm just saying. Seeing as how I didn't make a mistake.
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(05-26-2017, 12:52 AM)rowens Wrote:  I told my psychoanalyst that I had a dream where I was talking to Albert Einstein and he told me I was the brightest person he ever met. My psychoanalyst said, This Albert, is a friend, or a family member, how do you know him, what is your relationship like?

I have a 15 dollar phone. I write in a little box with roaches and ants in it. When I type, if I had been typing ellajam's message, I'd see where I'd typed, If I had to write direc, and after that I'd have to play by ear, or not even that, I just have to play the guessing game until I press Send. If I type the whole thing and hit Send without hitting Preview or Send to Drafts or whatever what I write will post. If I press Preview or Draft it'll chop the end of my post off. If I make a mistake and go back and Edit Post it will chop the end of my post off. I'm not complaining, I'm just saying. Seeing as how I didn't make a mistake.
gotcha, good work adapting to the tool, you're perfectly legible. If I couldn't proof I'd have a lot of teh and nomspace.
I was at my mom's house this week and my aunt visited me, she was last seen 8 years ago before my dad died so I was relieved when my mom got out of bed that day. Tell your bud Al I said hello. Smile
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(05-26-2017, 12:52 AM)rowens Wrote:  I told my psychoanalyst that I had a dream where I was talking to Albert Einstein and he told me I was the brightest person he ever met. My psychoanalyst said, This Albert, is a friend, or a family member, how do you know him, what is your relationship like?

    My psychiatrist was an elite ping-pong player in India, she was rated second in the whole damn country
    for three years running. I've never asked her what it felt like to never be first.

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I have a 15 dollar phone. I write in a little box with roaches and ants in it. When I type, if I had been typing ellajam's message, I'd see where I'd typed, If I had to write direc, and after that I'd have to play by ear, or not even that, I just have to play the guessing game until I press Send. If I type the whole thing and hit Send without hitting Preview or Send to Drafts or whatever what I write will post. If I press Preview or Draft it'll chop the end of my post off. If I make a mistake and go back and Edit Post it will chop the end of my post off. I'm not complaining, I'm just saying. Seeing as how I didn't make a mistake.

    And here I was thinking you were a genius writer when it was just the product of the creative constraints placed on you by
    a cheap phone. I'm going out and getting one today. I'm hoping I can find one for less than $15 and be able to surpass you --
    though, grim reality, the best I can probably do is $19.95 .  If I stole one, could I be Tolstoy? Wait... my thumbs would fall off
    before I even finished the first part of Anna Karenina II, The Zombie Diaries.




(05-26-2017, 01:45 AM)ellajam Wrote:  ...
I was at my mom's house this week and my aunt visited me, she was last seen 8 years ago before my dad died so I was relieved when my mom got out of bed that day.
...

    And now you just wrote a novel using a single sentence... my life just keeps getting worse, I'm headed for the train tracks.
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I've always told people that I don't know how to write real poems. Every poem I've ever written is just something I came up with on my own. Just make-believe poems that I construct alone in my room.
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(05-26-2017, 03:39 AM)rowens Wrote:  I've always told people that I don't know how to write real poems. Every poem I've ever written is just something I came up with on my own. Just make-believe poems that I construct alone in my room.

    We're all imposters, all trying to get better at making up our life stories.
    Each poem isn't a progression, it's an edit.
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Yeah, but we can't edit everything. Put that on your tombstone. But something I want to say for real is, If Donald Trump gets elected for a second term, I want to be the poet who reads at his --I can't remember how to spell the word-- Inauguration. And I'm dead serious about this, because, hell, why not? I want the people here to make a pig pin pal petition note letter thing, and try to get me to be able to do that.

I'm dead serious. Everyone on here write to the United States government and say you want me to read at the next, however you spell it, thing if Donald Trump gets elected again. Maya Angelou and I'm not sure but I'm making this up Billy Collins read at presidential, whatever the word is. I don't think any poet read at Donald Trump's first whatever the word is. Who else do you think would be better to read at his next, whatever the word is, than me? I'm being dead serious.

Not Billy Collins, I meant Robert Frost. . . . These American poets; who can tell the difference, right? . . . My phone charged me 60 extra dollars this month for the use of that semicolon symbol. Apparently someone has copyrighted it. Or as my published poet friends would say, 'copywritten.'

Write to the United. States. government, and anything might happen. Like praying to God. Anything might happen, but something is going to happen whether you do or don't.
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(05-27-2017, 03:05 AM)rowens Wrote:  Yeah, but we can't edit everything.

    Can't not.


(05-27-2017, 03:05 AM)rowens Wrote:  ... Write to the United. States. government, and anything might happen. Like praying to God. Anything might happen, but something is going to happen whether you do or don't.

    You think those things ever get opened?... exactly like praying to God.   (It's no wonder you're getting charged for semi-colons.)
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